Monday, May 24, 2010

What a difference a year makes

One year ago today, H Street Country Club had yet to open it's doors. H Street has come a remarkable way over the past year since H Street Country Club opened in late May 2009. Among the great new businesses whose openings over the past year represent the revitalization of the H Street corridor:

H Street Country Club (1335 H St)

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar (1104 H St)

Souk (1208 H St)

Studio H (408 H St)

Conner Contemporary Art (1358 Florida Ave)

Industry Gallery (1358 Florida Ave)

Capitol Fine Wine & Spirits (415 H St)

Toyland (421 H St)

Capital City Diner (1050 Bladensburg)

City Gallery (804 H St)

G Fine Art (1350 Florida Ave)

Ethiopic (401 H St)

Liberty Tree (1016 H St)

Metro Mutts (508 H St)

Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St)

Star and Shamrock (1341 H St)

It's been an amazing year and it will be a lot of fun watching what happens this year. Biergarten Haus (1355 H St) may still be a couple weeks away, but they'll be open before long. Rita's Water Ice (1014 H St) is not far behind and there should be a handful of more spots coming in the months thereafter as well.


  1. And still no gym.

    When will WSC or Gold's make an appearance?

  2. Gym at Loree Grand at 3 & K might fill the niche

  3. There was a gym at 10th and H--Willpower. I joined soon after I moved in nearby in 2004. It was a nice facility with fab equipment and an eager owner. Sadly, it may have been ahead of its time.

  4. to Kevin,

    The fitness center at the Loree Grand is available for tenants only.

  5. What about the diner?

  6. 12:03,

    I'll add the Diner, which is also among the great new businesses who opened during this time period and signal a revitalized H Street.

  7. A very fat revitalized H Street since there's no place to work out...

  8. Don't forget Fitness Together and Bikrim Yoga. May have opened more than a year ago, but fit into the "gym" category.

  9. The area really needs an affordable gym and not just a niche fitness center or yoga studio. The Hechinger Mall would be a great place for a Gold's or Washington Sports Club. I hope they get there before something more expensive takes hold.

    Also missing is a good burrito shop. Lunch places in general are not in large supply yet but hopefully that will change if more offices open up on H st?

  10. I definitely agree that a gym would be a great addition on H Street. For those who may want to lift weights or play tennis or basketball before one takes hold, Sherwood Rec Center on 10th Street between F and G has a decent gym that I believe is either free or extremely inexpensive.

  11. Sherwood Recreation Center is a great, underutilized resource. Workout equipment, tennis court, basketball courts inside and out, track for running, walking, biking, field for letting your kids play, playing frisbee, soccer, tossing a ball, outdoor space for kids' birthday parties, meeting space inside...

  12. The Biergarten opening should be fun!